Spotlight

Massey winner is a man on a mission

For many years, a photo pinned to the wall of the News Services office showed Mike McFarland crouching on the floor at the National Press Club in Washington, holding a small tape recorder above his head to catch the words of then-Chancellor James Moeser. The caption read, “Our man in the shadows.” McFarland, now director…

Led to do more

As a former high school English teacher, UNC-Chapel Hill Ph.D candidate Ronda Taylor Bullock often felt insufficient. Hundreds of students were coming to high school struggling to read, and she felt ill equipped to tackle what she began to see as a social justice issue. Bullock felt heartbroken and guilty. That guilt was only intensified…

A sheltering place for refugees

Dark clouds loomed over the Transplanting Traditions Community Farm on a recent evening, threatening to rain on a midsummer potluck dinner. But underneath the tin roof of the farm’s largest building, everyone was dry and happy, eating at picnic tables and talking in English and Karen. Like the roof covering the diners, the Triangle has…

Realizing her dream

Marine Corps veteran and Carolina occupational therapy master’s student Oyoana Allende is a month away from achieving her dream of becoming an occupational therapist—a profession she didn’t realize existed until becoming severely burned while serving in Iraq in 2005. Allende worked as a platoon truck driver while stationed in Iraq. While working with infantry Marines…

Personnel announcements, current events highlight trustees’ meeting

At the July 21 meeting of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor Carol L. Folt announced the appointment of faculty member Kim Strom-Gottfried as the director of ethics education and policy management. Strom-Gottfried is the Smith P. Theimann Jr. Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Professional Practice in the School of Social Work. Effective Aug. 1, she…

Three food tech start-ups, no stopping for Carolina alumna

Food tech entrepreneur Riana Lynn has chalked up more high-powered experiences at age 30 than most people accumulate in a lifetime. Since graduating from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008, she has founded three startups, managed high-profile projects at the White House and secured a coveted spot as a Google-Code2040 entrepreneur-in-residence. Lynn is now negotiating the sale…

Well Said: Hurricanes and storm surges

Hurricane season has been relatively quiet on the East Coast so far this year. But the season is far from over and coastal areas need to be prepared to handle the dangerous storm and potentially deadly storm surges. In this week’s episode, Rick Luettich, director of the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, discusses hurricanes and…

Big changes for Carolina’s Hooker Fields

When students return to campus for the fall semester, they’ll see some big improvements at one of Carolina’s busiest recreation spaces. The Michael Hooker Fields, home of Carolina’s intramural and club sports as well as many other University activities, are receiving a major renovation this summer. The project includes installing new field turf — complete…

Student-athletes team up for Day of Service

EFLAND, N.C. — More than 100 Carolina student-athletes and athletic department staff members spent Saturday morning volunteering at two Habitat for Humanity sites, serving their community while also building community among Tar Heel teams. The group, which included students and/or coaches from 12 UNC-Chapel Hill squads, teamed up to apply manpower to a variety of…

Tar Heels venture into space medicine

The human body’s circulatory system isn’t much of a mystery — when there’s gravity. In outer space, body fluid doesn’t circulate the way it does on Earth. Instead, it may be rushing to the head and causing all sorts of issues, including impairing astronauts’ vision during and after their missions. A Carolina senior and recent…